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1997: National Memorial

Size: 6 acres

2005 visitors: 365,537

Stamp: ?

Rating (1-5): Unrated

About the Site

The Memorial is on the site of the former Alfred P. Murrah Federal Building. On April 19, 1995, a bomb was detonated here, killing 168 people. It was, at the time, the deadliest terrorist attack on American soil. The outdoor memorial consists of 168 chairs, symbolizing every life lost, arranged in nine rows, for the nine floors of the building. There is also a reflecting pool, a children's area, an orchard, and the 70-year-old American Elm Survivors' Tree.

The explosion came from a truck filled with 4,800 pounds of ammonium nitrate and fuel oil, and could be felt 30 miles away. It also injured another 500 men, women, and children. The outdoor memorial is open 24 hours a day.

What You're Going to See

The site includes the Memorial Museum Center, the Outdoor Symbolic Memorial, and the Oklahoma City National Memorial Institute for the Prevention of Terrorism. There is an hourly ranger-led program daily from 10 to 4. The Outdoor Memorial is free; the Museum charges a fee (passes not accepted).

Personal Observations

I haven't been here yet.

Getting There

In Oklahoma City, take the downtown Oklahoma City exit off I-40 or I-235. The site is on 5th St. between Robinson and Harvey Avenues.

Nearby Attractions

Chickasaw NRA is about 50 miles to the south.